These days, ugly Christmas sweaters are a hallmark of the season. You’re just as likely to be invited to an ugly Christmas sweater party as you are to be offered a cup of eggnog. We’re not quite sure why this trend has flourished so much in the past few years, but we do know that when a fad goes mainstream, the original message of the movement is often lost. These days, a lot of people try to pass off sweaters as ugly that are actually only mildly unappealing. So we’ve gone on a hunt for ugly Christmas sweaters that are worthy of the name: appalling colour clashes, grotesque knits, and loathsome vests. These are no coyly cute jumpers. No, the people in these photos truly know the meaning of “ugly,” and for that, we salute them.
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